It's been a few weeks now but remember these guys?
Well, after they were potted all nice and snug in their silver painted pots, it wasn't long before the soil started rising and the first signs of life were showing through!
And they grew and grew and grew until I didn't think they should be getting any taller and then thankfully they realised that too and didn't grow any more.
I was very pleased at how they turned out since it was the first thing I've really grown from bulb. In fact it was the first thing I'd ever grown. But hey, who's keeping count.
Gorgeous purple petals which meant no pesky kids messed with the bulbs at the flower show after all.
But here's the reality. They really look like this at the moment and getting worse by the day!
Now thanks to years of my husbands habits rubbing off of me, I did some research! It seems my flowers could be droopy for a number of reasons.
1. I over-watered
2. I didn't plant the bulbs deep enough. Apparently they should be at least 10cm below soil level. I don't think my pots are even 10cm deep.
3. Hyacinths droop naturally. Maybe not to this extent but they do.
Horror of all horrors! The nurseries, florists etc put stiff wire into the stems to keep them upright! I felt a bit better after reading that piece of information.
Despite the fact that they aren't attentive soldiers, they smell gorgeous! They've been drooping a little bit more as each day passes so I'll do as nature and let them "die" naturally before restoring the bulbs for next time. And next time I'll get it perfect!